Why Librarians Should Be Reading on the Job

Why Librarians Should Be Reading on the Job

"Do librarians spend all day reading?" It's a common question. While a library's staff might be surrounded by books, however, they don't flip through their selection for fun. Between weeding out damaged products, helping customers research a subject, or just handling the day-to-day circulation work, any on-the-job "reading" is typically all business, no pleasure. But Abby Hargreaves, a children's librarian in Washington D.C., is asking a new question: "If I modeled reading—if I modeled enjoying the act of reading—might it entice more kids to read?"

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Comics Comeback Hits with Librarians and Students Alike

Comics Comeback Hits with Librarians and Students Alike

The "graphic novel boom" is more than a passing fad in children's publishing. It's proof that kids have always loved comics, and now, thanks to librarians who see comics' potential in reaching readers of all ages, those stories are more accessible than ever.

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Eisner Awards: Wallace the Brave is Magic for All Ages

Eisner Awards: Wallace the Brave is Magic for All Ages

Each year, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor comics creators whose stories have made an impact on the imagination. This year, we're proud to congratulate Will Henry for nominations in both Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12) and Best Humor Publication! His series, Wallace the Brave, brings readers of all ages back into the magic of childhood, drawing inspiration from beloved classics like Calvin and Hobbes. School Library Journal describes Wallace as harkening "back to the joyous days of when kids were kids and were allowed to explore the great unknown barefoot, brave, but with a punchline added in sprinkles."

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Expert Tips for Early Literacy

Expert Tips for Early Literacy

​It's never too early to start nurturing literacy, but with so many ways to engage young readers, caregivers might not know where to start. Publishers Weekly asked three literacy experts to chime in from libraries across the world. Here are a few tried-and-true practices that not only teach kids how to read, but how to love reading.

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Building Literacy with Games like Minecraft

Building Literacy with Games like Minecraft

​It's easy to make a case for Minecraft as a teaching tool for science and math, but how can it help with English? What can a game about virtual building blocks do for reading and writing skills? According to recent studies, apparently quite a lot! Minecraft is surrounded by a "culture of literacy" that makes complex, jargony walkthroughs as engaging as the gameplay itself. "Games, it seems, can motivate kids to read—and to read way above their level," writes Wired reporter Clive Thompson.

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A Guide to Comics Kids Love to Read

A Guide to Comics Kids Love to Read

The best way to get a reluctant reader to read is with a book they'll actually like. And the thing about comics is kids really like them. A winning combo of words and pictures just makes sense in fostering literacy for visual learners. By stocking the library with a range of options—anything from classics like Calvin and Hobbes to contemporary favorites like Phoebe and Her Unicorn—students will be on track to a lifelong love of reading. For a complete guide on comics and graphic novels that are up for the task, check out BookRiot!

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17 Children's Books About Extraordinary Women

17 Children's Books About Extraordinary Women

As we close out March and Women's History Month, it's the perfect time to stock up on books celebrating women throughout the year. From timeless icon Frida Kahlo to contemporary trailblazer Malala Yousafzai, there's no shortage of pioneers with stories to tell. While countless women have gone down in history for all their accomplishments, you don't need a textbook to read about them. HuffPost has put together a list of 17 children's books to inspire the next generation of thinkers and doers.

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Google Doodles Celebrate Women Everywhere

Google Doodles Celebrate Women Everywhere

​March is Women's History Month! While Google Doodles celebrate amazing women throughout the year, on March 8th (International Women's Day), they brought together a diverse group of 12 female artists to tell their unique stories in one-panel illustrations.

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Creative Writing for Kids: A Resource Masterpost

Creative Writing for Kids: A Resource Masterpost

Kids are natural storytellers. Just ask one about their day, and watch as they spin bus rides and school lunches into amazing adventures. While kids are always making up stories, most aren’t spending enough time writing them down. Creative writing is a great way to put vocabulary into practice, and it’s also a space for self-expression and discovery. At home or at school, help your students’ imaginations run wild with these quick tips for kids’ creative writing.

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A Parent's Guide to Fanfiction

A Parent's Guide to Fanfiction

Fanfiction—any fan-made expansion or exploration of a published work of fiction—is a phenomenon. Of course, kids making up their own stories is nothing new, but in the digital age, publishing those stories online opens up a world-wide web of possibilities, good and bad. With this guide, parents and educators can encourage kids to share safely and keep the creativity flowing.

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